Larry Wheels is back with another eye-opening collaboration featuring one of fitness’ most controversial names, Brad Castleberry. Taking part in a recent YouTube video, Wheels and Castleberry demolished an intense arms training session and also discussed diets and injury prevention.
Brad Castleberry has been an online sensation for years, enamoring fans with his shocking feats of strength and shredded physique. Having tested the waters as an ex-football player and Pro bodybuilder, Castleberry has always been revered for his athletic ability. However, some of his lifts have been deemed illegitimate by established names like former four-time World’s Strongest Man Brian Shaw.
“I never thought you used fake weights. I always thought maybe the spot helped a bit too much. I always knew you were strong right, no matter what people said online. I always knew Brad was very strong. You can’t look like this and not be strong,” Wheels shared.
Larry Wheels is another thriving fitness star, whose contributions to powerlifting, strongman, arm wrestling, and bodybuilding make him one of the most talked-about names in the industry. Given that Castleberry was one of Wheels’ early inspirations to build his physique, he joined him for a grueling arms workout.
Arms Training with Larry Wheels and Brad Castleberry
Check out the exercises featured in the video below:
- Triceps rope push-downs — 3 sets 8-12 reps
- Reverse curls – 3 sets 20-27 reps
- Close-grip bench press — 4 sets 5-10 reps
- Barbell curls — 3 sets 6-30 reps
- Lying triceps extension — 2 sets 11-14 reps
- Dumbbell hammer curls — 1 set 7 reps
- Machine biceps curls — 1 set 13 reps
“These plates are indeed very real guys. I know you guys are wondering,” said Larry Wheels. “Brad you were my inspiration for a long time. I remember like a decade ago seeing your videos throwing up heavy weights and dumbbells and being jacked while you did it.”
Triceps rope push-downs supersetted with reverse curls
Wheels and Castleberry began the workout with rope push-downs and reverse curls to get the blood flowing.
“I was just warming them up, get the forearms,” Castleberry said about reverse curls. “Just to get the blood in and get the blood flowing to go attack something really easy.”
Close-grip bench press
Then, Castleberry and Wheels close-grip bench pressed 135 pounds before progressing to 315 pounds. After that, they completed a set with 405 pounds.
“That’s beast mode right there. We all need to hype up. We all need that shit, that’s man shit. People these days they think that’s too much, no, it’s not enough.
We need more people hyping people up. It’s all about that teamwork and bringing everyone to a better place. We all start at different places and it’s about understanding that so you want help the next person with what you’ve learned and shared to kick back to life. That’s how we grow,” said Castleberry.
For the next movement, Wheels and Castleberry worked in some barbell curls starting at 95 pounds and ending with 135 pound sets.
“Stay hard like David Goggins, stay hard bro,” Castleberry shared.
Lying triceps extension
The duo also performed sets of lying triceps extensions, often referred to as skullcrushers.
Dumbbell hammer curls
In between exercises, Brad Castleberry revealed what a typical day of eating looks like.
“Honestly, it’s the same thing every day. Breakfast, egg whites, I do no powders it’s all raw foods. I don’t believe in the powders. Bananas, egg whites, in the morning I’ll have a lunch, rice and some kind of protein. Same meal at dinner and then maybe a protein shake at the end of the day the same one I had in the morning. Four solid meals, each one is about 800-1500 calories.”
Machine biceps curls
After a set of machine biceps curls, Castleberry and Wheels compared the size of each other’s arms.
“I’ve been a solid year right now from taking a break from Covid and now I’m on a solid full year straight [of training] with this guy. They are probably like 20’s maybe [arms are 20 inches].”
“Mine too, 20’s,” replied Wheels.
Before wrapping up the workout with a posing session, Castleberry reflected on how he has avoided injuries throughout his life.
“So for me, I’m like, I have no injuries, tears. I’ve pulled my calves. And my full leg was disconnected but I fixed it myself with self-repair of like going in and breaking up the scar tissue. Scar tissue will hold you back. If you do hurt yourself, make sure to right away go and attack the problem.
“If you let it sit and build up that scar tissue you’re going to have like, that’s a battle in itself, trying to get rid of that. That’s what causes the problems because that scar tissue is sitting on nerves as it moves, so you gotta go break that up so you have no issues. I’ve done this since I was 12 years old and I’m 38 years old and I’m still doing it. I think what I’m doing works.”
Even though Wheels has remained focused on improving his physique for bodybuilding, he hasn’t turned his back on heavy lifting. He recently set a new PR after performing a 400-pound seated dumbbell shoulder press for four reps. Wheels also tore his hamstring earlier this week after squatting 700 pounds for seven singles.
By the end of this session, it was clear Wheels’ and Castleberry’s 20-inch arms were put to the test. And with no injuries at 38 years old, Castleberry believes his style of training has paid off big as he heads into the next chapter of his life.